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Suzanna Guzman/LA Opera

Suzanna Guzmán’s Don't Be Afraid: It's Just Opera! has been performed for over 200,000 students nationwide. Guzmán breaks through stereo-types and pre-conceptions in a funny, accessible and hands-on performance. High-energy, informative, multi-lingual and interactive, she performs excerpts from some of operas greatest works: Puccini, Rossini, Bizet, and a dash of Mozart. Students learn basic music dynamics, vocal production, interplay of language, rhythm and music. With the help of student volunteers, Guzmán tells an “opera story” or “aria” with picture titles (rather than ‘supertitles’.) and ends the performance with everyone participating in the Grand Finale. 

Suzanna Guzman is a native, third generation Angelena, born and raised in East LA and Pasadena. For over three decades, you could easily have bumped into her backstage in theatres and opera houses across the globe: Europe, Asia, Mexico, Canada, and across the US from Anchorage to Houston to Miami, Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, and of course, the Music Center of Los Angeles County. It was at the Music Center where she was an Associate Artist appearing as a principal artist in over 400 performances. This led to international appearances side by side with opera greats Plácido Domingo, James Conlon, Marilyn Horn, James Levine, Jake Heggie, Daniél Catán, Franco Zefferelli, Giancarlo Menotti, and others. Known for her portrayal of the title role of Carmen, TIME magazine called her a “fire-breathing, singing actress.”  In 2016 critic Mark Swed called her “irresistible” for her performance in the mobile opera “Hopscotch”.  She’s premiered countless new roles in opera, received a Grammy nod for her performance with Southwest Chamber Music, hosted the radio show “Sunday Evening Opera” for over a decade, and hosted more than 52 episodes of the weekly television show “Open Call” for KCET. 

Under the direction of Placido Domingo, the Los Angeles Opera is a resident company at The Music Center and one of the most renowned opera companies in the world. In addition to award-winning productions at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles Opera offers numerous educational and community programs.

To schedule this artist, please call The Music Center on Tour at (213) 972-4310 or EMAIL US›

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